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Costumes in Antony and Cleopatra
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0755.  Thursday, 17 October 1996.

From:           Bradley S. Berens <
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Date:           Thursday, 17 Oct 1996 07:02:57 -0800
Subject:        Costumes in Antony and Cleopatra

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I write this email on behalf of Marvin Rosenberg, who is working these days on
THE MASKS OF ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA.

Professor Rosenberg's question to SHAKSPER is the following: what are current
opinions about the costumes in the play on Shakespeare's stage?

We know, for example, that in JULIUS CAESAR the actors wore hats and doublets
and carried rapiers, but we also have that peculiar illustration of TITUS
ANDRONICUS (commonly attributed to Peacham) in which Titus is dressed as an
ancient Roman.

Do the members of SHAKSPER think that the players were in contemporary dress in
A&C?  If not, then how might Roman-ness and Egyptian-ness have been conveyed?

Of course, there can be no definitive answer to this question, as with most
questions, but what is of interest to Professor Rosenberg is the range of
current opinion.

        Best wishes to all,
                Brad Berens
 

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